NYC awarded $22.5 million to test 'entirely new classes' of wireless technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded New York City $22.5 million to build the first of several wireless technology research hubs planned across the country.

The research hubs, funded under the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative, are intended to allow researchers to test new ways of boosting internet speeds to accelerate the development of new technology applications in robotics, virtual reality, and traffic safety.

The New York City program, called COSMOS, will be anchored at Columbia University and City College in Upper Manhattan. It will be led by a consortium of six local universities and more than two dozen industry partners.

The test bed will cover one square mile in a densely-populated neighborhood in West Harlem and focus on 5G-related breakthroughs in high-bandwidth/low-latency data transmission, software-defined radios, millimeter wave spectrum, next-generation mobile network architecture, and edge cloud computing integration.

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